Searching for balance...
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This morning I got up and had breakfast - a bowl of Cheerios with soymilk - and then I got on with my day. A few hours after I ate, I rearranged some things around the house for 15 or 20 minutes and then suddenly became extremely light-headed and dizzy. I was sure I was going to pass out! I sat with my head between my knees for 5 minutes or so but I still felt very wobbly.
I managed to make my way to the kitchen and grabbed some mixed nuts to eat. I had a lie down for 15 minutes or so and started to feel better.
Once I was feeling steady again, I made myself a protein packed lunch. Half an hour after I ate, I felt good as new, so that confirmed my suspicion that my dizzy spell was due to not having enough to eat.
I'm confused and somewhat frustrated by this experience. I felt like I was doing fairly well at following my food plan, but I have definitely not been losing weight at the rate I think I should be for the amount that I'm eating. I also find that as a vegetarian, I have a hard time meeting my protein requirements.
Spark recommends a calorie range for me of 1200-1600 per day. Today's episode has proved to me that I'm missing something. I will increase my calories but I'm worried that it might be something else that caused the problem.
I took the day off from my meal plan and allowed myself to eat what I wanted within reason. I feel perfectly fine now, but I'm scared that this might happen again. I'm really not quite sure what to do...I know that Spark is meant to be a guideline and that different people have different needs, but how do I find the balance that's right for me?